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Disability Services

Disability Services provides accommodations and academic support services ensuring equal access to students with documented learning disabilities, mental health issues, medical disabilities, and mobility issues. Some of these disabilities include dyslexia, dyspraxia, auditory processing disorder, non-verbal learning disability, Autism, Asperger’s, ADD, ADHD, acquired brain injury, speech, hearing or visual impairment, PTSD, Lupus, and depression and anxiety disorders.

Eligibility for Services

The first step toward receiving accommodations is to provide our office, located in Suite 120, with the most current documentation of your disability. The guidelines below provide information about the type of documentation needed to provide reasonable accommodations. Disability Services reviews documentation on a case-by-case basis. All documentation provided to Disability Services is filed and secured in our office and a specific disability is never disclosed to faculty or staff without prior consent.

Documentation Guidelines

The documentation you provide should include the following:

  • A clear, specific diagnosis
  • Credentials of the licensed professional providing diagnosis
  • An explanation of the current manifestations or functional limitations of the disability
  • A description of current and past accommodations, services and/or medications and their effects
  • Recommendations for accommodations or support services that relate directly to the current functional impact of the disability.

These guidelines are based on the best practices established by the Association of Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD). 

Individual Education Plans and/or 504 plans from secondary and elementary schools alone may not be adequate documentation to determine eligibility; however, they do provide useful information in addition to other more comprehensive psycho-educational and/or medical evaluations or reports.

Accommodations

Students with qualifying documented learning disabilities are eligible, on a case-by-case basis, to the following:

  • Faculty notification of general learning difference
  • Extended testing time
  • Oral / scribed exams
  • Note-taking assistance
  • Executive function support
  • Books on CD/MP3
  • Assistive technology:
    • Text-to-speech software
    • Voice recognition software
    • Brain-mapping software
    • Audiobooks

Students with medical or mobility-related issues can receive preferential scheduling, seating, and specific in-class accommodations arranged with individual professors based on medical necessity.

Disability Services Registration

The Disability Services Office offers individual consultation sessions for students with documented learning/cognitive/neurological, physical, or emotional/mental health disabilities. Some examples are dyslexia, A.D.H.D., Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), depression, legal blindness (this may include the need for a service animal or ESA).

Out-of-town students can register for a consultation session two days before CIA Orientation. Local students should register for a consultation session during the two weeks prior to orientation.

During your individual session, you and your parents meet the Disability Services staff who will review your disability and establish accommodations and services specific to the unique demands of the CIA student experience.

For more information, please contact Jill Milenski at jmilenski@cia.edu or Elisaida Mendez at emendez@cia.edu.

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